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Santa Clara Carved Red Ware Miniature by Veronica Naranjo

110.00
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Santa Clara Carved Red Ware Miniature by Veronica Naranjo

110.00

Miniature hand-coiled and hand-carved Santa Clara red ware pot by Veronica Naranjo.

 Approx: 2.5" x 2.5"

 

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Miniature hand-coiled and hand-carved Santa Clara red ware pot by Veronica Naranjo.

 Approx: 2.5" x 2.5"

 

Santa Clara Red Ware

Most pottery at Santa Clara Pueblo today is still fired outdoors in traditional pit fires. The clay for both red and black ware is the same, with the firing process determining if the finished pottery will be red or black. Pottery is placed in a metal container that has air holes, and a fire is built up around it. Toward the end of the firing process, which can take a few hours time, pieces are given their jet black color through the smothering of the outdoor fire. Manure, metal and other materials are used to cover the fire and block all air passage, thus oxidizing the pottery. For red ware, the fire is not smothered, allowing air to pass through and the pottery retains its red color